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Arsenal on course to surpass last season’s Premier League points tally 0

Posted on January 24, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal are currently second in the Premier League table with 47 points from 22 games this season, eight points adrift of leaders Chelsea but one point clear of third placed Tottenham Hotspur. The Gunners could hit 50 points from 23 outings with a win over Watford next Tuesday, and look on course to considerably beat their points total from 2015/16.

Arsene Wenger’s side finished second in the league with 71 points from 38 games in the previous campaign. They averaged a paltry 1.87 points-per-game average in 2015/16, considerably lower than this season’s 2.14, which means their tally come May should greatly surpass their return from 12 months ago. As things stand, Arsenal will finish the campaign with 81 points, 10 more than 2015/16.

Should Xhaka be dropped and punished internally for indiscipline? 0

Posted on January 24, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka picked up a straight red card in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Burnley, automatically ruling him out of February’s title-race six-pointer against Premier League leaders Chelsea. The 24-year-old, signed from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer, has picked up more red cards than any other player in Europe (5) since the start of last season, and could incur an internal punishment for such indiscipline.

Elneny likely to be away on international duty until at least February 0

Posted on January 24, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny looks set to be away on international duty for another week as things stand with Egypt on course to reach the quarter-finals of the African Cup of Nations. The 24-year-old, who signed from FC Basel in January 2016, has made 11 Premier League appearances for the Gunners this season. He last featured against Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day and won’t be returning for Arsenal for a couple of weeks.

Arsenal are the comeback kings in the Premier League this season 0

Posted on January 23, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal delivered yet another late comeback after scoring a last-minute winner against Burnley in Sunday’s Premier League clash. Alexis Sanchez converted a spot-kick at the death as the game looked to be headed for a dramatic stalemate, and the victory over the Clarets made it 10 points added to their tally from goals scored in the last four minutes of games this season.

Without the Gunners late showing in 2016/17, they would find themselves in seventh place in the table. But Arsenal have shown great character and resilience – two traits many felt Arsene Wenger’s men were once bereft of – and defender Shkodran Mustafi feels the added belief in the side is the reason for their penchant for comebacks.

Granit Xhaka shows ill-discipline once again 0

Posted on January 23, 2017 by David Nugent

I have to admit earlier in the season I was one of those who was wondering why Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was not giving Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka a starter role for the Gunners.

After the second sending of his career in the Gunners 2-1 win over Burnley I can now see why he does not start every game. The Swiss midfielder produced a very poor challenge on Burnley midfielder Steven Defour and was dismissed by referee Jon Moss.

Showed poor discipline (again)

Arsenal 2-1 Burnley: Sanchez penalty secures last-gasp win for 10-man Gunners 0

Posted on January 22, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez scored a late penalty in a dramatic clash at the Emirates Stadium to earn his side all three points, sending the Gunners second in the Premier League table and narrowing the gap to leaders Chelsea to five points.

Clear-cut chances were few and far between for both sides during the game, but Arsenal have the better quality when it mattered. Defender Shkodran Mustafi gave Arsenal the lead before the hour mark after heading home from a set piece. But just minutes later, Arsenal lost Xhaka to the red card and Burnley tried their utmost to make the hosts pay.

Bellerin misses out, Giroud starts against Burnley 0

Posted on January 22, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin isn’t deemed fit enough for the starting lineup for this afternoon’s clash with Burnley, but striker Olivier Giroud returns from an ankle injury to keep his place in attack. Gabriel Paulista has impressed at right-back in Bellerin’s stead and starts in the makeshift role against Burnley with Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal for company in the defence.

Arsenal 1/5 to win against Burnley 0

Posted on January 22, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal are big favourites to pick up all three points against Burnley when the two sides lock horns at the Emirates Stadium in the Premier League this afternoon. The Gunners have been in fantastic form in recent weeks, particularly on home soil, and will fancy their chances against a Burnley outfit who haven’t managed a victory on the road all season.

Arsenal could move above second-placed Tottenham Hotspur and third-placed Liverpool with a win at home today. Arsene Wenger’s men have won three of their last four games overall in the division and four straight victories on home soil ahead of this afternoon’s clash. The Gunners have also beaten Burnley in each of their last four league meetings, conceding just once, so the omens are good going into the clash.

Gunners chasing a fifth consecutive home win in the Premier League 0

Posted on January 21, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal host newly-promoted Burnley in the Premier League this weekend chasing a fifth consecutive win at home. The Gunners have won four on the bounce in their own backyard ahead of the visit of the Clarets and are trying to keep up with Chelsea (seven home wins) and Tottenham Hotspur (six home wins) who are also trying to maintain their own respective home winning streak.

Arsenal’s recent home form
(27/11/16) Arsenal 3-1 Bournemouth
(10/12/16) Arsenal 3-1 Stoke City
(26/12/16) Arsenal 1-0 West Bromwich Albion
(1/1/17) Arsenal 2-0 Crystal Palace

Burnley shouldn’t be underestimated this weekend 0

Posted on January 21, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal are 1/5 to win against Burnley when the two sides meet at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, but the Gunners shouldn’t assume this weekend’s clash will be a walkover given how well the Clarets have fared in 2016/17, coupled with their close results in recent head-to-heads. Arsenal were fortunate to win the reverse fixture earlier in the campaign and might be given a tough time for long periods even with home advantage.

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